INAUGURAL RELAY: Market To Market

A new race runs through central Iowa this spring and organizers say you’ll want to get your friends together for this relay.

Market to Market is a 75 mile relay that originally started six years ago in Nebraska. It’s become so popular, teams are put on a waiting list to be a part of that event. Organizers wanted to expand, so the inaugural Iowa Market to Market is May 11th.

The team relay starts in front of Jefferson’s bell tower, where the town holds its Farmers Market. The route stretches 75 miles on trails and streets through towns like Panora, Yale, Adel, Waukee and Clive.

The race ends on Market Street in Des Moines in front of El Bait Shop, where a big celebration will follow. The seven team members will take turns running across the Iowa countryside. Each member will run ten miles, but it’s split up throughout the day.

Organizers say its run, rest, repeat. He says, “It’s a little different than your half marathon or marathon because you’re running multiple times in a day but, the distance is 3 to 5 miles you’re running at a time.”

The race will be limited to 250 teams. A third of the spots are already taken. It costs $450 for a seven person team if you register now. The price will go up closer to the event.

The race supports charities including Raccoon River Trail Association and Team in Training.